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Monday, January 12, 2009


The Jukebox Queen (1966)- Stars Pilita Corrales, Ronaldo Valdez, Anita Linda, Johnny Monteiro, Wing Duo, Pablo Virtuoso/ Directed by Efren Reyes

Pilita Corrales (born August 22, 1939 in Cebu City, Philippines) is a famous Filipina singer and actress, who is widely referred to as Asia's Queen of Songs, having produced over 135 albums in her music career spanning over four decades.

Pilita’s Philippine career began when she hosted a radio program La Taverna over DZPI where she sang Spanish songs and played the guitar. She performed regularly in stage shows at the Manila Grand Opera House. Subsequently, her reputation grew and during her international stints, she has performed with internationally acclaimed artists like Sammy Davis Jr. the Beatles, Bob Hope, Pat Boone, Frank Sinatra and Julie Andrews.

Pilita later recorded numerous albums in Spanish in the early 60s as well as numerous long playing albums in English, Tagalog and Cebuano during the 1970s under Vicor Music Corporation. Her multiawarded TV program at ABS-CBN, An Evening with Pilita (1965-1972), is widely considered as one of the benchmarks in Philippine broadcasting history.

After receiving a 1965 Philippine Citizen's Award for TV as Best TV Female Performer, Pilita went on to receive Cecil, Aliw, Tinig and Awit and several other awards for her performances and lifetime achievement. In 1990, she received a Merit Award from the FAMAS Awards. In 1991, she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) for bringing Filipino musical artistry to international audience. She also holds the distinction of being the first Filipino to win in an international music festival by bagging the Best Performer Award during the 1st Tokyo Music Festival (1972) where she bested numerous international artists including the highly-regarded Olivia Newton-John.

She also appeared in movies, most of them musicals. Her early movie credits were guest roles in Asawa Kong Barat (1963), Lalaine Mahal Kita (1964), Swanie (1965), Zamboanga (1966) and Itinakwil Man Kita (1966). Did you know that Pilita first appeared in a starring role with three others in 1963? The movie, titled Kung Gabi sa Maynila, starred her with Mriam Jurado, Stella Suarez and Perla Bautista. In 1966, she was given a lead role in The Jukebox Queen. More starring roles came her way in the late 60s, mostly with perennial partner Eddie Gutierrez.

Kung Gabi sa Maynila (1963)- Stars Miriam Jurado, Pilita Corrales, Stella Suarez and Perla Bautista/ withTony Ferrer, Arnold Mendoza, Elvira Reyes, Dencio Padilla, Alberto Alonzo/ Directed by Efren Reyes

Left- Ang Asawa Kong Barat (1963)- Stars Efren Reyes, Mario Montenegro and Gloria Sevilla/ with Hector Reyes, Ruben Rustia, Lito Anzures, Oscar Keesee, Dencio Padilla, May Villarica/ Guests-Pilita Corrales, Johnny Reyes/ Directed by Efren Reyes

Right- Lalaine Mahal Kita (1964)- Stars Mario Montenegro, Eddie Ilarde, Lillian Leonardo, Toto, Pilita Corrales, Ken Loring, Edna Rossana and Lalaine Bennet in the title role/ Directed by Jose Wenceslao

Left- Swanie (1965)- Stars Susan Roces and Bob Soler/ with Oscar Keesee, Katy de la Cruz, Nova Villa, Wing Duo, Lemons Three, Pablo Virtuoso, Dencio Padilla and Jose Romulo/ Special Participation- Pilita Corrales/ Directed by Efren Reyes

Right- Zamboanga (1966)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces/ with Johnny Monteiro, Ruben Rustia, Vic Silayan, Lito Anzures, Veronica Palileo, Pedro Faustino/ Featuring: Pilita Corrales/ Directed by Efren Reyes

Left- Itinakwil Man Kita (1966)- Stars Susan Roces, Eddie Rodriguez and Mario Montenegro/ with Johnny Reyes, Dencio Padilla, Mary Walter, Minda Morena, Levi Celerio/ Guest: Pilita Corrales/ Directed by Efren Reyes

Right- Talents Unlimited (1968)- Stars Eddie Mesa, Pilita Corrales, Vilma Valera, Jerry Pons, Diana Dean, Ike Lozada, Bobby Santiago, Buddy Castillo and Jimmy Morato / Directed by Lauro Pacheco

Tiririt ng Maya, Tiririt ng Ibon (1968)- Stars Dolphy, Nida Blanca, Eddie Gutierrez and Pilita Corrales/ with Chichay, Dely Atay-Atayan, Bayani Casimiro, Georgie Quizon and Rod Navarro/ Directed by Luciano B. Carlos

Buy One, Take One (1968)- Stars Dolphy, Eddie Gutierrez, Pilita Corrales, Panchito, Bert Leroy, Jr. and Pilar Pilapil/ with Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Margie Tanquintic, Bayani Casimiro, Georgie Quizon, Dely Atay-Atayan, Babalu/ Directed by Romy Villaflor

Pa-Bandying-Bandying (1969)- Stars Chiquito and Pilita Corrales/ with Chichay, Jerry Pons, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Ike Lozada, Eddie Mercado, Nora Aunor, Caridad Sanchez, Bobby Gonzales and Merci Molina/ Directed by Jose 'Pepe' Wenceslao

Obladi, Oblada (1969)- Stars Pilita Corrales, Vilma Valera and Pepito Rodriguez/ with Chichay, Jerry Pons, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Ike Lozada,German Moreno, Bobby Gonzales and Merci Molina / Directed by Jose 'Pepe' Wenceslao

Left- Let's Dance the Horsey-Horse (1969)- Stars Eddie Gutierrez, Pilita Corrales, Blanca Gomez, Edgar Salcedo/ Directed by Luciano B. carlos

Right- Basta't Kantahan (1969)- Stars Eddie Mesa, Helen Gamboa, Eddie Gutierrez and Pilita Corrales/ with Jerry Pons, Ponga, Vic Pacia, Jose Morelos and Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia / Directed by Jose Wenceslao

1 comment:

James DR said...

Thanks, Simon! Sa palagay ko yung first starring role ni Pilita Corrales ay yung MISS WA-WOW ni Johnny de Leon. Sayang di nasama dito sa mga movie ads mo. Naaalala ko pa noong napanood ko ito, bisayang-bisaya pa ang punto ni Pilita rito pag nagta-Tagalog!


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